Nutrition Council of Australia (NCA) is the peak representative body for Nutritional Advisors and Nationally Recognised Nutritionists (NRN’s) within Australia. Beyond these two roles, however, NCA is committed to uniting health care professionals to establish a broad and effective frontline in the war against diet and lifestyle-related health conditions. Our three membership categories reflect this commitment and allow us to engage the widest possible pool of professional knowledge to shape both our policies and our support services.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP: Nutritional Advisor

NCA offers a General Membership category for graduates of the 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition who DO NOT wish to work directly with clients. This membership allows graduates to access information, articles and forums in a ‘viewing only’ capacity and subscribe to newsletters and email updates relating to health and nutrition.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP: Nationally Recognised Nutritionist (NRN)

This is for graduates of the 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition who wish to work directly with clients to provide health and nutrition advice within the limitations of the NCA endorsed Scope of Practice. Nationally Recognised Nutritionists (NRNs) provide nutritional advice and meal planning services to healthy clients and work hand-in-hand with Allied Health and Medical Practitioners to support clients.

To be eligible for membership as a Nationally Recognised Nutritionist (NRN), individuals must:

1. Graduate of the 10763NAT – Certificate IV in Nutrition

2. Hold Nutrition Council Australia general membership, and

3. Hold current Allied Health Professional Indemnity/Public Liability insurance.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: Doctor's and Nurses, Psychologists, Pharmacists and Naturopaths

NCA is committed to uniting professionals across the health industry to provide the community with a network of professionals that can support and advise them in embracing positive nutritional behaviours. In recognition of this aim, NCA offers Associate membership to individuals working within the health and nutrition industry. Associate Membership is open to any individual with recognised qualifications in health and nutrition including but not limited to: Doctors and Nurses, Dietitians, Naturopaths and pharmacists.

Member Benefits


Nutrition Council Australia (NCA) represents the peak professional body for Nationally Recognised Nutritionists. As a primary function of the organisation, NCA is developing a register of all Nationally Recognised Nutritionists. This register provides a pathway for clients, organisations and members of the public to find and verify the credentials of Nationally Recognised Nutritionists in their area. This update will become effective from March 14th, 2021.

NCA also provides members with a range of benefits which include:

Nationally Recognised Nutritionist

Professional Insurance
For members in this category who hold a current membership, are eligible to apply for the combined Allied Health Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance package provided by SureFinity Insurance Brokers. Premiums are calculated and payable annually and are only eligible to current NCA members.

Practitioner only supplements
For members in this category who hold a current membership, qualify for practitioner only supplement accounts with Metagenics. This benefit is exclusive to Nutrition Council Australia members.

Endorsed Documents and Templates

All NCA members will have access to documents and templates developed and endorsed for use within nutritional advisory practices. These templates are continually reviewed with new documents added on a regular basis.

Access to Nutritional Information, Articles and Forums

All NCA members will receive access to our information portal with access to up to date articles on key nutritional topics, how to guides, news broadcasts and newsletters. Members will also have access to discussion forums to enable conversations on key topics with peers from across our member base incorporating all professional categories.

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